Councils must adapt their working practices to reflect the councils of the future December 8, 2016

Local government needs to engage its current and future workforce to make sure they are ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow’s council. This report uses original research and examples from around the world to explore and outline what a ‘new deal’ could look like. The authors argue that a cultural change towards a less hierarchical workplace will attract and retain the staff local government needs.

Outside the Box: The Council Workforce of Tomorrow
Chancellor fails to address growing crisis in health and social care November 23, 2016

Adam Lent, Director of NLGN said: On health and social care funding “Today’s Autumn Statement has again failed to address the deepening health and social care crisis. “While we welcome the increase in the living wage, this pushes up the cost of delivering the care that is needed, putting increasing strain on local authorities who […]

Chancellor fails to address growing crisis in health and social care
A common interest: The role of asset transfer in developing the community business market November 2, 2016

DOWNLOAD NLGN RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTIONS NLGN were commissioned by Power to Change in March 2016, to provide the most comprehensive possible mapping of asset transfers from local authorities to communities in recent years. This report found steady progress in assets being transferred to communities over the past 5 years, and identified gaps in available data […]

A common interest:  The role of asset transfer in developing the community business market
Local government should have more powers to help tackle persistent unemployment October 20, 2016

Kindly supported by: Local government should have more powers to help tackle persistent unemployment: 98% of councils think that employment and skills provision should be locally commissioned. 80% of responding councils are already taking steps to improve employment and skills provision in their area However 84% say budget cuts are preventing delivering the services that […]

Work it out: Creating Local Systems of Employability Support
Adam Lent to lead NLGN think tank September 27, 2016

Leading localism think tank NLGN has appointed its new director. Dr. Adam Lent is currently Director of Research and Innovation at Ashoka – the premiere global network of social entrepreneurs. He will succeed Simon Parker and take up the post before the end of the year. Adam’s previous roles include Director of the Action and […]

Adam Lent to lead NLGN think tank
Councils emerging as one of the country’s biggest property investors September 12, 2016

While councils are revenue-poor, they are relatively capital rich, investing more than £20bn a year in projects ranging from housing to petrol stations and shopping centres. Despite austerity, councils were actually spending more on capital investment in 2014/15 than four years previously. Local government is using these investments to generate revenue to prop up hard-pressed public services, with a handful of smaller councils using their income to become independent of national grant funding.

Councils emerging as one of the country’s biggest property investors
Simon Parker To Step Down As Director of NLGN July 14, 2016

Leading localism think tank NLGN today announces the departure of its director, Simon Parker, who has led the organisation for the past six years. NLGN will be recruiting for a new director shortly. Simon will be taking up a new post as Corporate Director of Strategy at the London Borough of Redbridge in the Autumn. […]

Simon Parker To Step Down As Director of NLGN
Transparency is key to the next stage of devolution Abigail Gilbert, July 13, 2016

Central Government need to be much clearer about what they want from devolution and much more willing to create the conditions to achieve it. This is the key finding from a new research report from NLGN supported by PwC. The findings come from an intensive 48-hour ‘gaming’ session based on a realistic but fictional Combined Authority undertaken by leading Chief Executives, politicians and thinkers.

Devolution Revolution: The next steps to deliver outcomes